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Warehouse Execution Systems The Future of Warehouse Efficiency

Author Dave Williams, Director of Software and Solutions Delivery, Westfalia Technologies, Inc. In the past, manufacturers and distributors with automated warehouses have relied on two software systems: a Warehouse Management System (WMS) to manage workflows and product movement throughout the facility, and a Warehouse Control System (WCS) to direct that movement in real time. Simply put, the WMS sends the commands to the WCS, which then tells the equipment, such as an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), what to do.    However, as organizations continue to place a significant emphasis on operational efficiency, they are finding that utilizing a WMS and a

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Robots can help your security for Logistics Sites

David Lemaitre, President of leading French security robotics company EOS Innovation, shares his thoughts on this rapidly growing market, where the future is all to play for…     David Lemaitre, President of EOS Innovation Security: an industry open to technological innovation   Flourishing and rapidly evolving, the security industry is well suited to adopting new technologies. Companies are increasingly active in looking for advanced methods to protect their high-value goods.   To meet this demand, all kinds of innovations have been developed to overcome existing limitations and thereby optimise the work of security professionals. Surveillance cameras are becoming more and more sophisticated, using movement and heat detection

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Paving the Road to Change Gene Gander ,VP of Business Development, Americas. explains how creating a culture of change management helps logistics companies thrive.

Change is either something we resist, as we’re dragged toward it, kicking and screaming the whole way; or it’s something we embrace, knowing we do so to keep our businesses and careers current, relevant, and vibrant. As one of the world’s oldest professions, the Logistics industry definitely has a history of reflecting both of these very ‘normal’ reactions to change. There are still many companies mired in their age-old habits. They initiate change only when something in their business has come to a critical breaking point or they are being driven to it by customer demand for things like accommodating web

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Visibility and Transparency Make for Closer Agent Relationships

Simon Clark,VP Business Development, Europe, Middle East & Africa for WiseTech Global ,discusses the constant challenge of Revenue Management and finding profitable growth especially when you’re operating in an environment characterized by suspicion of unreliability. Who Can I Trust? Whether you’re a regional company or a global entity, at some point everyone needs agents or takes on an agent role to complete a customer supply chain, but this can often leave you feeling vulnerable. Agents serve multiple clients in the supply chain. Because there’s very little exclusivity in partnership arrangements, sharing for competitive advantage is loaded with risks. If the revenue flows

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If Its Not Broken

Martin Lee, Business Development Executive for WiseTech Global, discusses the importance of innovation.What does “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mean in our modern world? How would we be living today if we had taken that statement literally long ago? During the wheel’s invention, we didn’t say “carrying by hand works fine, so no need for that wheel!” or “This horse and cart aren’t busted, so why drive that car?” We chose to fix things that were not necessarily broken, and we called it innovation. Innovation makes life efficient. With innovations developing all around us, sometimes we should all pause to

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Staying Competitive is not Just About Price

Marius Toma, Senior Business Development Analyst / Account Analyst Manager for WiseTech Global, explains that competitive pricing and increasing profits don’t have to be mutually exclusive.   Chicago, USA, September 16, 2014.  It's obvious why everyone talks about staying competitive on price. On one hand, always assume customers want everything cheaper and strive to satisfy them, while on the other, focus on your need to grow your business. At first glance it looks like a big dilemma. Does this always mean reducing price? Of course not. In theory, a price is set by the market, but in the real world, the price

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Trouble free control of processes

Within the framework of its system competence, BEUMER Group also offers Warehouse Management Systems: As a single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies, BEUMER Group continues to pursue its ambitious goal of offering its customers sustainable solutions. In order to control, coordinate and display these processes, BEUMER Group also provides Group Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). These system solutions are tailored to the customers' individual requirements.   For companies in the food and beverage, construction material, electronics and pharmaceuticals industries, the topic of safety when transporting and storing palletised products has become more and more important. These products must be palletised and filled

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Trouble free control of processes

Within the framework of its system competence, BEUMER Group also offers Warehouse Management Systems: As a single-source provider for filling, palletising and packaging technologies, BEUMER Group continues to pursue its ambitious goal of offering its customers sustainable solutions. In order to control, coordinate and display these processes, BEUMER Group also provides Group Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). These system solutions are tailored to the customers' individual requirements.   For companies in the food and beverage, construction material, electronics and pharmaceuticals industries, the topic of safety when transporting and storing palletised products has become more and more important. These products must be palletised and filled

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Customer Complaints Can Be a Thing of the Past

Darren Matthews, Business Development Analyst for WiseTech Global, suggests listening to the people who matter most. “Fact: All customers are idiots! They constantly call in with questions and become frustrated when they can’t get answers. They don’t understand the time difference between here and Brazil or that I can’t get their copy of that POD until 4pm. They just blame me every time for their delayed cargo. They just don’t get it!” Of course customers are not idiots, but the view here expresses how some of your staff might see them. Such a view can only lead to one outcome: a poor

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Colin Buckley Flextronics Materials Manager talks about Forecast Accuracy

Can you tell us how forecasting can improve supply chain and reverse logistics operations? In an unpredictable demand environment, accurate forecasting can be essential to ensure materials availability whilst minimising inventory holding and obsolescence risk.  Driving mechanisms that effectively improve demand predictability benefit supply chain responsiveness, ensuring product availability in anticipation of requirement rather than in reaction to it. A proactive anticipation versus a reactive response. A major key benefit area for product availability in warranty or maintenance support services is customer satisfaction impacting brand experience. Failed product usually results in low satisfaction and is often a reflection on the user’s experience of a

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Finding the Right System for Your Business

Gene Gander, VP Business Development – Americas for WiseTech Global, explains it’s not ‘what’ you implement, but ‘how’ that secures your competitive advantage.                                                   Chicago, US, July 31, 2014 Even if you’re frustrated by the limitations of your existing logistics system, the idea of finding a replacement can be overwhelming. So just start by asking yourself some basic questions. If you had a magic wand, what would you want to change right off the bat? What’s your greatest pain point? And, most importantly, what do your customers want that you can’t provide?   The

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5 Benefits of Software Integration

Software integration is certainly nothing new – certain industries have utilised integrated systems for years. In the warehousing industry, for instance, many warehouses make use of systems which independently manage different aspects of the job but which also link together to increase flexibility and improve flow. Here are some of the most notable benefits that software integration can bring to your business. 1: Improved Workflow In any busy environment, it often becomes necessary to use numerous software systems to manage and complete all the tasks required of you. The major drawback of this is that it can become a headache to keep

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Achieving the supply chain nirvana of meeting demand while minimising stock

Meeting demand whilst minimising stock levels was identified as a top current challenge in a new Supply Chain Management survey conducted for Access Group. Identified by 45 per cent of companies (rising to 53 per cent of larger firms), this was a leading issue among a range of current supply chain challenges, and is further examined in an accompanying white paper: ‘Supply Chain Nirvana’.  Conducted for Access Group by Redshift Research, the Supply Chain Management (SCM) study follows the company’s well received (Warehouse Management Software) WMS survey. The SCM study conducted 300 interviews amongst a random spread of business decision makers

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Reducing waste in your supply chain

Rising costs for raw materials and waste disposal, together with dwindling supplies of vital metals and minerals and tighter government legislation mean that many firms ,in all industry sectors ,are being forced to reconsider their materials and waste strategies. In part one of this series (link), we looked at the ‘circular economy’ (or ‘closed loop’) approach that leading manufacturers are using to reduce waste. This requires producers to take full responsibility for products throughout their entire life cycles and achieve infinite cycling of materials.”    Rising demand for metals inspires recycling drives Reports by the UN Environment Programme’s International Resource Panel (IRP) predict

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Practical and Effective Energy Monitoring

For high consumers of electricity, power usage monitoring and energy efficiency measures are of particular importance. This includes warehousing facilities containing for example heating, refrigeration and environmental control systems.   Effective monitoring not only assists with reducing energy consumption and costs, but is of particular relevance for organisations aiming to achieve or maintain the ISO 14001 environmental standard.  ISO 14001 states that objectives and targets shall be measurable, where practicable, and that an organisation should regularly monitor and measure the key characteristics of its operations that can have a significant environmental impact ,of which electricity consumption can be one.   Regular monitoring with tools

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Five key questions to ask a vendor before investing in a supply chain software system

If you’re in the supply chain industry and looking to implement a new cloud based software system, you’ll want to make sure you get a solution that meets your needs. To help you identify the right product for your operations, Gene Gander, Vice President Business Development, Americas, CargoWise, offers five key questions you should consider when talking to a software vendor.   Cloud based systems have changed the game for software in the supply chain. The cloud era is well and truly established; and its overwhelming benefits are being applauded at every level of the ‘as a service’ spectrum from system infrastructure

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Barcode Readers for Logistics

 Image-based Barcode Readers for Higher Read Rates           99.9% Read Rates for Scanning Applications   The pressure for distribution centres to increase productivity and reduce labour cost has never been greater. One way distribution centres are tackling this challenge is by upgrading from mature laser scanners to advanced image-based barcode reading technology that provides increased read rates. Higher read rates result in less packages that need to be handled manually and a more effective use of resources. Read more about the benefits of improved read rates in logistics scanning, download the White Paper:  http://www.cognex.com/ExploreLearn/FindOutMore/WhitePapersArticles/WhitePaperArticle.aspx?id=8395

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User software licensing

Richard White, Founder and CEO of WiseTech Global/CargoWise, explains a fundamental conflict at the heart of the business software product industry.  Business software companies that create and sell products on the traditional per-user license are in a complex conflict with their customers’ needs. It’s a conflict buried deep in the heart of the traditional license model, and it harms the customer, the product and the software developer.   Traditionally, software has been licensed on a per-user basis ,a model that customers like, one that that is well understood, is simple to measure and is fairly easy to control. With this model, software developers

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Production Pilots ,Rapidly changing global business requires technological and process innovation

According to CargoWise Global Implementation Manager Stuart Mann, pilot projects make it safer to fail, and easier to succeed. He explains why.   The global supply chain has evolved significantly in the last 10 years, creating a challenging environment in which to select and implement software products that will meet historic, current and future business requirements.    Many logistics companies are using yesterday’s business practices to address current and future technological needs, and remain dominated by the desire to try to fix scope, time, quality and cost at the start of a project. This approach makes it almost impossible for logistics companies to document

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Greening the warehouse

Warehouses can use vast amounts of energy, but green technologies can reduce their carbon footprint    As the pressure mounts on organizations to reduce both costs and carbon footprints, much greater attention has inevitably been focused on warehousing operations, whether run directly or by third-party logistics providers.   According to US power organization Madison Gas and Electric, energy costs can account for as much as 15 percent of a warehouse’s operating budget, while a report by Touchstone Energy estimates this can reach as high as 10 percent of total revenue.    Managing costs  In non-refrigerated warehouses, by far the biggest user of energy is lighting, making up

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